Health Care

Living in the red zone: good for football, not good in terms of radon

Majority of NW Iowa homes tested for radon have dangerous levels, according to UI study; researchers say entire state is at risk
UI researchers teamed up with northwest Iowa physicians to determine the levels of radon, a cancer-causing gas, entering area homes. Iowa leads the country in high indoor concentrations of radon.
Kid Captain Nick

Pella boy, 12, to be Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Illinois for Homecoming

Toddler's once-quirky gait was diagnosed as Duchenne muscular dystrophy
DMD is a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle degeneration. It is most common in very young boys and first affects the muscles of the hips, pelvic area, thighs, and shoulders. It eventually impacts additional muscles, and by the early teen years, the heart and respiratory muscles become affected.
Herky "helps" the Pandelirium Steel Drum Band set up their instruments on the Pentacrest for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' We Are Phil celebration on Wednesday, September 30.

UI faculty, staff embrace 'We Are Phil'

Culture of philanthropy continues to grow with annual campaign
The University of Iowa celebrated its third annual "We Are Phil" giving appeal for faculty and staff last week—and the push to bolster private support for UI people and programs continues.

UI receives $2.2 million and is named Prevention Epicenter by CDC

CDC adds six new academic medical centers to Prevention Epicenters network with $11 million grant
The CDC has awarded a total of $11 million to six academic institutions, including the University of Iowa, to identify possible new and improved ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola in health care facilities.

UI's Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center awarded $7.4 million grant renewal

The University of Iowa, Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center has received a five-year, $7.4 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to advance its work on finding treatments for muscular dystrophies.
Kid Captain Logan

Mason City boy, 6, is Honorary Kid Captain when Hawkeyes travel to Wisconsin

Logan Brown was born with microcephaly and other birth defects
When Logan Brown was just 20 hours old, his doctors noticed a blood clot near a large vein that carries blood to his heart. He was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, where pediatric specialists discovered other challenges.
Oat hulls

Bravo to biomass

UI study shows using oat hulls for power has considerable benefits to the environment and human health
A new University of Iowa study, published in the journal "Fuel," documents that biomass burning has positive environmental and public-health effects. Co-firing oat hulls with coal reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and heavy metals compared with burning coal alone.
Laila Walton

Cedar Rapids girl to be Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host North Texas

Girl's rare disorder puts potassium, sodium at odds and causes chemical imbalance
Genetic testing revealed that Laila Walton possessed a variant of the gene associated with hypokalemic periodic paralysis, a rare kidney disorder, which may be responsible for her symptoms.